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    inward to protect against their own citizens rather than foreign invasion.  They are sufficient to quell protests in Bahrain and maybe their own turf.  Egypt is the big dog in terms of hardware but Saudis wag that dog with their cash as Egypt has teetered on the brink of bankruptcy for at least the last century.  One of the latter protests against Mubarak was when the bread subsidy for the poor was reduced.  A significant number of Egyptians depend on that subsidy as the difference between subsistence and starvation

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